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Victims of violence can petition a judge for a protective order.
If you are a victim of violence, you can file a petition for a temporary protective order. A protective order restrains the accused person, also known as the respondent, from harassing, stalking, or threatening the physical safety of the petitioner.
There is no cost to file a petition for a protective order under the state’s Family Violence Act. Petitions must be filed with the Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court of the county where the respondent resides.
You may wish to consult a lawyer before submitting a petition. You can find a lawyer through the State Bar of Georgia. You can also find referrals to legal assistance though the Georgia Commission on Family Violence or local organizations.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and needs someone to talk to, call Georgia's Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-33-HAVEN (1-800-334-2836).
There are three types of protective orders available in Georgia: family violence protective orders, stalking protective orders, and employer protective orders. You’ll have to specify which type of protective order you are petitioning for.
File a petition to the Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court of the county where the respondent resides. You must complete and sign all required paperwork. Please contact the Superior Court for information about how to submit a petition to the Clerk’s Office.
Your petition will be assigned a case number, or docket number. Please keep this number for your records.